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Eltonsbrody

Narrated by: David Sweeney-Bear
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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When Woodsley, a young English painter, arrives in Barbados and finds no lodging available, he thinks himself fortunate to be invited to stay at Eltonsbrody, a mansion belonging to the eccentric widow Mrs Scaife. But behind the locked doors of the house’s disused rooms lurk terrible secrets, and soon strange and blood-curdling events begin to unfold. The tension builds towards a shocking and unforgettable conclusion, when the full horror of Eltonsbrody will be revealed.

One of the most prolific and important of 20th-century Caribbean writers, Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965) was at his best in Gothic novels like My Bones and My Flute (1955) and Eltonsbrody (1960). This first-ever reissue of Mittelholzer’s weird and chilling tale includes a new introduction by John Thieme.

"One of the modern giants of Caribbean writing." (Caribbean Writers)

"A sanguinary essay in the macabre." (The Crisis)

"An original writer with a great command of language and atmosphere...true imaginative power." (John O’London’s Weekly)

©1960, 2017 Estate of Edgar Mittelholzer (P)2019 Valancourt Books, LLC

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Suspense!

Both the story itself and the narration of it kept me hooked into the "suspense" element. What was intriguing was the way in which some parts would appear to be depicting quite ordinary and matter of fact things but then something would happen suddenly and it would be quite shocking. It seemed to oscillate between normality and abnormality. I loved the different accents done by the narrator particularly the West Indian one.

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  • Troy J. Knutson
  • 17-09-20

Classic Gothic novel

High creep factor, a whole lot of bosom and gore. Reminded me a 1970s Hammer Horror movie.